What a title, eh?
Nope, I’m not Canadian!
My passion for (true) feminism is what led me to write this article.
MLMS have a stigma, to say the least.
I’ve never paid too much attention to stigmas, especially when it comes to something I have solidly thought through, talked through with a few close people to get advice and ultimately is beneficial to my family.
One of these things is being a part of not one, but two multi-level marketing companies.
Why I love them: A community of people stand together and build their individual LLCs with the help of other small business owners, under a branch of a larger company that backs them. What could be better than that?
Well, small businesses mean dealing with people. And sometimes people can be a bit wild. Pushing for sales, overusing their relationship base. I think a lot of MLMs could benefit from asking their people to take business courses or having a requirement to that end.
The Stigma of MLMS and Why they are BAD for Women.
Oh my! I can’t believe that in this century people are not only writing this stuff; they are believing it.
Goodbye feminine power.
Sure, there is probably a woman out there who has no idea how to navigate relationships, is pushy and selling to people, seeing them as a number.
There is a probably a woman out there who is putting more money into the products than she is making a profit off of them.
But you don’t see articles slamming small business owners who are women in the same way.
You see, women can be naturally relational. So can men. Building up a network from some of those relationships is normal when a person goes into business. Historically, local businesses survive off of this network.
MLMs build communities. Most build the character of a person, encouraging personal growth and good leadership skills and that’s the sign of a good businessperson.
Yeah, the private messages on social media platforms that are random and don’t make sense are annoying.
Yeah, it would be better if people were more direct and didn’t come off as using your high school relationship status as another person to use and manipulate into their pyramid scheme.
But women are smart.
Women are good leaders.
(Men are smart and men are good leaders, but they aren’t usually being slammed like this).
So when you see a woman “hustling” don’t assume they are lazy, blind, incompetent and wasting their livelihoods.
Maybe they truly are successful.
Maybe on top of having a college degree, they have found something they love and decided to go for living a dream instead of what is expected.
Maybe they have a passion to help people’s lives be better. More beautiful (by selling makeup), having better health (by selling any number of health products), or more fit (by selling fitness stuff).
We should support these women if we want to, because they are small business owners.
If you have another thought on this topic and it doesn’t include an ancient mindset on the respectability of women, share below.